Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Chalkbeat 2025: A Five-Year Plan to Build the News Our Democracy Demands
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
August 27, 2019
Parents, students petition Shelby County Schools board to investigate Southwest Early College High School
Three Memphis high schoolers, two parents, and a former teacher stood before the Shelby County Schools board on Tuesday night and called for an investigation.
Back to school
August 12, 2019
What you should know as the 2019 Tennessee school year begins
Now that summer break is officially over for Tennessee, we have a little bit of homework for you. Catch up on three of the big stories affecting local schools.
getting to school
July 24, 2019
For up to 3,000 Memphis high school students, this year’s commute could include free city bus rides
Under the plan, the district would pay $100 each for passes entitling students and a parent to unlimited city bus rides for the entire year.
July 22, 2019
Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative
Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday.
July 19, 2019
Memphis schools chief looking for new ideas because ‘what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working’
Chalkbeat sat down with Superintendent Joris Ray this week to discuss an initiative on black boys and how he hopes to get more students reading on grade level.
July 19, 2019
What the 2019 National Teacher of the Year told Memphis educators must happen if they want to reduce suspensions
“Relationships are the key determinant in changing student behaviors,” superintendent Joris Ray said after the event.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
Charter contract review
July 12, 2019
Memphis superintendent wants to play a bigger role in improving charter school performance
The review under the new superintendent could signal a continuation of the district’s effort to collaborate more with its charter schools.
June 26, 2019
Here’s who Joris Ray is leaning on to lead Memphis schools — and how much they are paid
Superintendent Joris Ray’s cabinet with its 16 members is larger than the leadership team under Dorsey Hopson — though fewer report directly to Ray.
Movers & shakers
June 25, 2019
Memphis school board approves four-year contract for Superintendent Joris Ray
His annual salary will be $285,000 — the same salary he made as interim superintendent and the same as his predecessor, Dorsey Hopson.
Movers & shakers
June 25, 2019
Memphis deputy superintendent Lin Johnson leaving to pursue a doctorate at Harvard
Lin Johnson started in Shelby County Schools in 2015 as the district’s chief of finance under former superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
June 14, 2019
As Memphis responds to Brandon Webber’s death, school leaders look for new ways to help students
Some have wondered what else could have been done while he was in school to prevent his death.
June 4, 2019
To get more community input, Memphis schools chief recommends delaying a plan to consolidate 28 schools into 10
About seven months after the outgoing leader left Shelby County Schools with a major school facilities plan, Joris Ray says the district needs to listen more.
May 28, 2019
Memphis school board approves $1.4 billion budget with a focus on iZone expansion and early literacy
School board members unanimously approved a $1.4 billion budget Tuesday, and are asking county leaders for additional $7.5 million.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Ready or Not
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line